Lady Gaga: Bullying Should Be Federal Offense
Lady Gaga expressed her frustration Wednesday over the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, a victim of bullying. The 14-year-old high school student took his own life Monday after years of being bullied, according to The Washington Post.
The singer promised to make bullying a crime.
According to The Washington Post, Lady Gaga tweeted, “The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.”
The Buffalo News reported that Jamey’s classmates referred to him using gay slurs, after he questioned his sexuality. Meanwhile, anonymous online commenters on his Formspring profile told him no one would care if he died.
Jamey came out to his friends in May, and though he described the pain from bullying in his personal blog, he also professed to be a Lady Gaga fan. When he created an “It Gets Better” video he thanked Gaga for supporting the gay community. The singer, through her political stances and music, has been a staunch advocate for gay rights.
Jamey’s mother told CBS News that Jamey will be buried in a Gaga t-shirt that reads, “Born This Way.”
Gaga continued on Twitter, “Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime. I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it.